Advice With Alpha Phi

With Recruitment just around the corner, we know how overwhelmed you must feel! Our sisters have come together to give you all some wonderful recruitment tips! We hope these tips help you with your experience, and we can’t wait to meet you!! Hook’Em!

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Recruitment Tip #1

Do not stress too much about what your hair, makeup, outfit looks like. It’s 100 degrees outside, and you’re running around like crazy!! We’re probably just as hot in the house; just focus on letting your personality shine through!

—Riley Grant PC ‘17

Recruitment Tip #2

Be honest with the girls you are talking to at the houses about how you’re feeling throughout the process, they’ve been through the same thing!

—Erika Hanson PC ‘17

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Recruitment Tip #3

Pack snacks in your bag to eat during breaks! Recruitment is a long process and you’ll want to keep up your energy.

—Rachel Horne PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #4

Always come in with confidence and be your true authentic self. Everyone feels nervous at first, but you’ll see right away that it is such a fun time. We can’t wait to meet you!

—Kirsten Hilling PC ‘17

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Recruitment Tip #5

Make friends with everyone you meet! I know it’s easy to get caught up in the process and focus your attention on your interactions with the different sororities, but recruitment is such a wonderful and unique opportunity to meet amazing people before school starts! Although UT is a big university, you would be surprised how often you’ll run into girls you met through recruitment! (For example, I remember walking into my UGS class the first day, and right off the bat, I ran into a girl from my recruitment group!) Seeing familiar faces around campus and having friends to reach out to will make your transition into college life and/or Greek life much smoother, guaranteed!

—Sarah Kate Scribner PC ‘17

Recruitment Tip #6

Buy a mini handheld fan to keep in your bag!! I bought one to use just walking from house to house and seriously y’all... with August in Texas... it’s a game changer.

—Elena Dawson PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #7

I think it’s important to wear colors that best reflect your personality and character. It helps me to feel myself and most confident when getting to know so many different people.

—Katherine Cornell PC ‘17

Recruitment Tip #8

Don’t choose a house for your friends or family. Choose what makes YOU feel at home. It’s your next 4 years - not theirs!!

—Katie Mulloy PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #9

Go into the week with an open mind! Just because you know more people in one sorority, it might not make it your perfect fit! Don’t put yourself in a box before you get to experience what each house has to offer!

—Kameron Ong PC ‘17

Recruitment Tip #10

Keep a small towel in your bag! Whether it’s super hot or really rainy it’s so useful to help keep things dry!

—Rachel Sorrells PC ‘16

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Recruitment Tip #11

Everything happens for a reason. It’s so cliche, but trust the system! Stay open-minded, stay hopeful, & everything will make sense when you’re running to your forever home on Bid Day.

—Taylor Cofer PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #12

Talk to the girls in your line up groups! Everyone around you is going through the same changes of entering college and wanting to make new friends. These girls could become your sisters, neighbors, classmates, and best friends!

—Erin Griswold PC ‘17

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Recruitment Tip #13

Determine what’s the most important aspect of joining a sorority for you (sisterhood, philanthropy, etc) & ask questions about that!!! Everyone is so passionate about their sorority, and they want you see what it’s like at their house!!

—Julia Shovlin PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #14

USE THE BUSES!!! They help out so much. I ran almost two miles, because I did not know there were buses….eeeeek!

—Carly Alford PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #15

Take a picture of your house schedule. This helped me so much! I didn’t worry about losing my paper or having to dig around for it in my bag!

—Taylor Rodriguez PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #16

During the parties, talk about things you are passionate about! Girls want to get to know you, and you stand out that way!

—Hannah Breitschopf PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #17

During later rounds pay attention to how much you like the house you’re at, but also how much you like the other PNMs you’re there with. Those are the girls who could end up being in your pledge class

—Haley Afflack PC ‘16

Recruitment Tip #18

Take notes after every house. It’s easy to forget the small details about the houses so having notes on them makes it easier to make your decision at the end of the night!

—Aleigha Kelley PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #19

Don’t be afraid to ask your Recruitment Guides any questions! They are so passionate about the process and truly want to help. They know exactly what you are going through!

—Jacqueline Petescia PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #20

Wearing your hair in a styled ponytail will help since it’s so hot walking everywhere, and you don’t have to worry about your hair falling flat!!

—Ashley Mendenhall PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #21

Recruitment will be such a positive experience if you try and make every conversation more than surface level! Have fun with it, and even get weird, but be YOU. The house for you will love you for who YOU are.

—Rachel Black PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #22

Bring band-aids and a pair of super comfy shoes (birks or chacos even) because you WILL get blisters from walking to each house!

—Cait O’Neill PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #23

Before you enter each house (especially on sisterhood and pref) look around at all the other PNMs lined up with you. Talk to them, and try to envision yourself in a pledge class with them. The girls lined up with you could be your new sisters! Seeing what other PNMs are at a house will give you lots of insight as to what the actives are like

—Jacque Bergeron PC ‘17

Recruitment Tip #24

Stay calm no matter what! Recruitment can be fast paced and stressful but if you relax and let your personality shine through, you’ll have so much more fun and find the house where your lifelong sisters are!

—Emma Klaflen PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #25

Wear clothes you feel confident and comfortable in! The days are long and tiring, you don’t want to put any more stress on you by wearing something that ends up bothering you!!!

—Payton Marley PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #26

Keep oil pads in your recruitment bag!! It can get super hot going from house to house and those can help you feel your best during a crazy week!

—Ariel Pritchard PC ‘16

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Recruitment Tip #27

BE YOURSELF. Being yourself will make sure that you choose the sorority that’s right for you. You want to be in a sorority where you feel comfortable with who you are, not where you feel like you have to change to fit in.

—Morgan Butler PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #28

Get plenty of rest after each day of recruitment! Days are unpredictable and it’s good to have the energy needed to get you through each party!

—Olivia Crimmins PC ‘18

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Recruitment Tip #29

Pack a jacket and an umbrella!! Texas weather can be CRAZY, and it’s always good to be prepared!

—Catherine Renz PC ‘18

Recruitment Tip #30

Try not to let other’s opinions cloud your experience! I didn’t tell anyone what houses I had, and I really feel that it helped me. It was also a nice surprise to run home and see my friends, not knowing we had the same house!!!

—Grace Burrus PC ‘18

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Recruitment Style Guide

By: Maddy Ailes PC ‘18, Director of Formal Recruitment

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Hello! My name is Maddy Ailes and I am a member of Alpha Phi’s recruitment team this year! I am a freshman here at UT, majoring in Textiles and Apparel. A brand new fall semester is right around the corner and with that comes Sorority Recruitment. Yay! Finding the perfect outfit for recruitment can be stressful, so we are here to help. Here is a day-by-day style guide to help you prepare.


 
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Day 1 and Day 2: Open House

These first two days are the easiest to prepare for. The night before recruitment week starts, Panhellenic will provide you with two t-shirts to wear during this round. Pair the t-shirt with some khaki shorts and some comfy tennis shoes and you're all set! For the shorts I recommend J.Crew’s 3” Chino khaki shorts because they are the perfect length. Maybe add a cute belt to spice it up! Jewelry for this round is also pretty simple. Some cute stud earrings and a dainty necklace is all you need to rock Open House! Above is a sample picture, but be sure to wear the khaki shorts!


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Day 3 and Day 4: Philanthropy

During the next round of Recruitment you will be getting to learn more about each chapter’s national philanthropy. A cute sundress or romper paired with some sandals or wedges is the perfect outfit! Think of a cute outfit you would wear to a church or a graduation party and pair it with some simple jewelry.  This round is still very long and busy so remember to stay comfortable.


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Day 5: Sisterhood

This is one of my favorite rounds of recruitment where you get to learn about each chapter’s unique sisterhood! A classy dress is a great idea with a pair of wedges or heels. Add some fun jewelry that shows your style and you’re ready to go! For this round, dress like you would for a banquet. You want to look very put together but not too formal. Sisterhood round can still be pretty busy so pack a pair of comfy shoes in your bag to change into in between parties.


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Day 6: Preference

Preference night is the most formal round. This is the time to fully dress up. Wear a black cocktail dress with some classy heels. This outfit should be something you would wear to a formal or a wedding. Pair the look with your best jewelry and get ready for a night full of sisterhood, friendship, and traditions!


Day 7: Bid Day

You made it!!! On Bid Day you will gather at Hogg Auditorium on campus to receive your sorority bid and finally meet your new sisters and lifelong friends. Wear a fun colorful sundress or romper with some sandals you can run home in! Add some simple jewelry and get ready to celebrate with lots of pictures and fun activities. Bid day is a day you will never forget so remember to have fun and smile.


Extra: What to put in your Recruitment bag

  • A water bottle

  • A portable fan

  • Comfy sandals or flats

  • Deodorant

  • Oil blotting paper

  • A hairbrush


I hope this style guide helps you through recruitment week. If you still have questions about what to wear, just remember to be yourself and wear something that makes you feel confident. We can’t wait to meet you in August!!

Maddy Ailes PC ‘18

Director of Formal Recruitment

Alpha Phi's Role in My Journey of Becoming Miss Texas

 
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By: Jacqueline Petescia PC ‘18

My Junior Year, I moved from San Diego, California to Southlake, Texas. It was an emotional whirlwind that I had never expected. Suddenly my plans of spending the rest of my life on the beach had been demolished in a matter of days, and I had been ripped from the friends I had grown up with my entire life. I was now living halfway across the country from any sort of social comfort.

I struggled so hard to make friends arriving junior year in a place where everyone had gone to school together since kindergarten. Throughout my junior and senior year, my friend groups seemed to change so often. I felt as though I was being passed along from friend group to friend group trying to find my home. I was a floater, an outsider looking in on what I had once had in San Diego.

Although so much had changed with the move, I had one constant in my life that I knew would be there no matter which state I lived in; The Miss America Organization. Although my love for this scholarship organization was able to thrive in my new environment, something was still missing. People at school would treat me as though my passion for volunteering through the Miss America Program was something to be seen as a disgrace. I felt as though I was constantly defending myself against “Toddlers in Tiaras” remarks and how if I compete in pageants, (which the Miss America Program is NOT a pageant but a scholarship competition) I must be dumb and incapable of achieving a higher education from any university. Especially one as prestigious as The University of Texas at Austin.

I was really and truly deeply hurting. Not just from the ignorant remarks of people who didn’t take the time to get to know me or what the Miss America Program is really about, but also from the assumptions they had made about me based upon those stereotypes. I remember seeing everyone’s posts on Instagram and snapchat with their friends and my heart would begin to feel so heavy. I would bawl to my parents about how I wish I could have that. How I wish I had a group of girls who would support each other, rely on each other, and protect each other. It sounds so silly to say it out loud now, but I would pray each night for just a few friends to help me not feel so lonely. My dad kept telling me that I just needed to be patient and that my time would come. That the universe was going to make up for what it had taken away from me and add even more to my life. I didn’t believe him but in typical dad style, he proved me wrong.

By the middle of my senior year, my luck started to turn around. I was beyond ecstatic to have been admitted into my dream school, The University of Texas at Austin with not one but two majors in Health & Society/ Pre-Med and Government/ Pre-Law with a minor in Nonprofits. The people I had gone to high school with, who had told me I was too dumb to ever get into UT, suddenly realized that their close-minded outlook had affected their own future more than mine. While rushing for a sorority, I had felt a strong connection to one house in particular. Although all of the houses had great girls, there was one house that was A PHInominal one. There was no need to pretend to be something I was not. Just raw and unconditional love from Alpha Phi.

They embraced the fact that I compete through the Miss America Organization and wanted to know and learn more. They were the first people to cheer for me when I won Miss Austin and constantly ask how they can help support me in my endeavors towards Miss Texas. As I compete for Miss Texas this year for the second time, I know that their unconditional love and support is going to make all of the difference between when I stepped out on that stage in previous years, and when I do it in again at the end of June.

Rather than grieve over the fears I have around facing social isolation, I’ve decided that I’d rather place that energy into helping others who face discrimination and isolation every day, by creating a nonprofit foundation called “Friendship for All Abilities- Creating Inclusive Friendships”. The focus is to help kids with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities become involved inside of their community and create friendships. An idea I came up with thanks to the Miss America Program because being involved inside of my community through it was, and still is, a way for me to make friends.

I finally feel truly happy again, like the girl I was before the move. For my Alpha Phi sisters, how people viewed me in high school doesn’t matter. They love me for who I am and support what I do. Which is the only thing I could ever ask for from my sisters and want to give in return. It’s so cheesy but I wish that I could thank them every day for the love and joy that they have brought back into my life. They fill me with drive, help me to see the purpose in the work I am doing in school and towards Miss Texas, and add meaning to each day of my life. They boost my ego but also humble me. They lift me up when I’m down and help me to get out of my head when I’m having anxiety. They are always in attendance at every major event I have and are there ready to help the second I need it. Because of Alpha Phi, I know there are 60+ girls in my membership class alone that I could go to for whatever reason at any time.

I’d like to give a big thank you to my sisters who not only support and love me unconditionally but who do it for each other each and every day. We may not always recognize it or see it, but we know that the connection and love we have for each other is always there. Thank you to my sisters who help me to work towards my goal of becoming Miss Texas. Each and every one of you is my inspiration to help spread my message of inclusion. But most importantly, thank you Texas Alpha Phi for giving me my sisters who made me myself again.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

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By: Sarah Scribner PC '17

I’ve always been told that I resemble my mother. From the tone I use to answer the phone to the organizational style of my agenda, there’s no doubt that I am my mother’s daughter. We use animated gestures whenever we talk, we eat spoonfuls of peanut butter out of the jar, we dance around the house singing along to Michael Bublé, we use the same words at the same time to describe the most random things, we laugh until tears prick the corners of our eyes, and, most importantly, we tell each other everything. But who knew, by the start of my freshman year, we would turn out to be sisters, too?

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go through recruitment. The summer before college, I was sitting at the kitchen table one night with my laptop in front of me, staring dejectedly at the blank recruitment application with the deadline looming over my head. My mom was tinkering around in the kitchen, silent but attentive, waiting to see what I would do. After scrolling through, I spotted the question asking me why I wanted to join a sorority. I looked up at the ceiling to reflect and then found myself directing the question to my mom, curious for her answer. She paused for a moment, and with a warm smile, shared that she met her best friends through Alpha Phi. My mother’s maid of honor and my godmother are both Alpha Phis, and she has kept up with them all these years. She went on to say that Alpha Phi was an instrumental force in making her feel comfortable and welcomed at UT throughout her college career, especially when the workload was overwhelming and the process of adjusting to college was daunting. The connections and memories she made through Alpha Phi ultimately made all the difference in her college experience and beyond and she felt she couldn’t be more grateful to Alpha Phi after everything the organization gave her. Moved by her words, I finished the application that night and submitted it, excited by the prospect of what was to come.

At the start of recruitment, I was nothing short of dazed and confused. The first wave of the chanting, the conversations, the clothes, and the cuts came in an absolute blur. I was paranoid, insecure, awkward, and sweaty for the duration of Open House—writing everything down so I wouldn’t forget the houses and praying the houses wouldn’t forget about me. The calm amid the chaos came when I arrived at Alpha Phi’s doorstep. There, I met wonderful girls who shared my interests and made me feel welcome. Toward the end of the visit, my cousin Allie tapped me on the shoulder to give me a quick wave and it brought a huge smile to my face to know that she was there, looking out for me. It wasn’t until the next round that I felt completely more at ease with the process, because by then, I just had six houses left. While I enjoyed my time in the other houses, for the second day of Philanthropy, I only had Alpha Phi and I was elated. For the craft, each prospective new member took a paper heart and wrote down the name of someone she looked up to. Without hesitation, I wrote down my mom’s name and proceeded to have a wonderful conversation with Alpha Phi actives about having close relationships with our moms. On Preference Night, as emotions were running high, Allie led the ceremony where we all put on our ivy crowns. She looked out over the rows of girls as she spoke and near the end of her speech, she made eye contact with me, smiled, and said, “You belong here”. And that’s when I knew I was home.

A (happy) tearful phone call with my mother followed thereafter in my dorm room as I relayed what happened and we were both desperately hoping that I would see Alpha Phi on my Bid Day card the next morning. And sure enough, once I opened the envelope and saw the Alpha Phi crest peeking through the top, I couldn’t contain my joy. I raced home full of adrenaline with my new sisters, not knowing that several of my new sisters were already there waiting to surprise me. My mom wrapped me up in her arms, crying and laughing, while my godmother, her daughter, Amanda (also an Alpha Phi), and Allie came over for more hugs and photographs.

Flash forward to sophomore year, and here I am, proudly serving as the Director of Alumnae Relations and writing this post in Room 5, where I currently live and my mother used to live during her time in the house.

I owe more to Alpha Phi than I will ever be able to return, because it’s given me the ability to find new ways to grow closer to my family. From attending Bid Day and Initiation to giving me suggestions for engagement events to coordinate for alumni, my mother, my godmother, Amanda, and Allie have been there through it all and shared in some of my favorite college experiences in an incredibly special and meaningful way. They are also direct links to Alpha Phi’s past, so I know there’s much for me to learn about Alpha Phi that I haven’t already discovered and I’m sure there’s a wealth of stories about their experiences that have yet to be shared with me.

As our Constitution states, “We have banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid each other through a constant watch-care always given in love.”

And I’m lucky enough to say that this is another thing my mom and I have in common.

Thanks, Mom. I love you most.

Union Hand in Hand with Texas Alpha Phi

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By: Angela Choi PC '16

When I first came to campus last fall, I was so worried about fitting in and making friends. College was a whole new playing ground, and it was one that I wasn’t sure that I was going to survive in. I felt sort of lost and scared, and a part of me felt like I was missing something. After becoming a member of the Omega chapter of Alpha Phi at The University of Texas, I realized what I had been missing all along… A group of girls that I could call not only my friends, but also my sisters. I found exactly where I was meant to be. And, well, that was home.

Many people don’t usually say this, but Mondays are definitely my favorite days. Why you ask? Well, the answer is easy. It’s because The Bachelor, a new, fresh start to the week, and chapter meetings… which means great food and time spent with even better girls. I remember my first chapter meeting and how nervous I was making the walk from my dorm to the house. Worrisome thoughts began to creep into my mind as I got closer and closer to the house. I had known a couple girls in Alpha Phi, but there were definitely more girls than just the few that I was friends with. But, once I walked in, all those thoughts disappeared, and I felt at ease.

Greek life often gets a bad rep for things that are portrayed in movies or preconceived notions that other people have. But, I can honestly say that it’s far from the truth. The first moment that I had walked through the double doors of the Alpha Phi house, I knew that it felt right. There were girls walking around laughing with each other or sitting on the couches hard at work, with their faces burrowed into their textbook. All around me, I saw so many girls that were so well-rounded and wholesome, but all in different ways. I’ve learned that you don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to have everything in your life figured out. And, through Alpha Phi, I have met so many girls that I can grow together with. The girls are so humble, yet confident, in exactly who they are. They each inspire me in more ways than one.

Though simple words could never be enough to truly encompass my gratitude, there are a few things I’d like to thank Alpha Phi for…

Thank you Texas Alpha Phi for showing me sisterhood—Alpha Phi has given me friends to have sleepovers with in our cramped freshman year dorm room. Because, honestly, no matter if we were to be in a box or in the biggest bed in the world, we will always have a good time. The friendships that I have made truly are genuine and real. These girls are, hands down, the best friends that I could ever ask for.

Thank you Texas Alpha Phi for making me into the best version of myself—Being an Alpha Phi at Texas gives me so many amazing girls to look up to. Girls with all different majors, girls from other states, girls with different views, and the list could go on. But, no matter where I am, or who I am with, I know that I can always find myself growing, and learning, from all the unique girls that surround me.

Thank you Texas Alpha Phi for giving me a huge support system— I know that whatever I do, I will have girls being my biggest supporters and standing beside me along whatever journey I find myself on. It could be three a.m. or two in the afternoon, and I would still be able to call my friends and vent as I find myself a little lost.

Alpha Phi has become my sweet home away from home and has given me girls that will not just be in my life for four years, but instead they will be with me for life. So, thank you Texas Alpha Phi, for giving a simple girl like me the opportunity to wear our letters with such pride and joy. I made the best decision ever, and I joined the Ivy League.